The program was created as a component of the Commission's Recruitment, Development
and Retention (RDR) plan, which seeks to increase the participation of hunters
and anglers in Nebraska. The number of hunters and anglers in Nebraska has
been in decline for years. The RDR plan is an effort to ensure that the state's
rich outdoor heritage is passed on to future generations. The motivation
for the Open Fields and Waters Program is to attract new or inactive hunters
and anglers, especially into activities with expanding opportunities, such
as deer and spring turkey hunting.
Are you a Landowner ?
If you are a landowner looking to enroll your property in the program here's How to Enroll Your Land in Open Fields and Waters.
landowners talk about Open Fields and Waters Program
Benefits to Landowners
Receive payments on a per-acre basis for land or water enrolled.
Protection under the Nebraska Recreation Liability Act for allowing access.
Hunters and anglers would be provided walk-in access. No vehicles are allowed,
except on trails specified by the landowner.
Help ensure Nebraska's rich outdoor heritage by allowing expanded hunting and
Play a role in conservation by providing a means to control problematic wildlife
Signs will be posted on enrolled lands by Commission staff.
All enrolled lands will be published in an atlas.
Encourage hunting and fishing, which will lead to increased conservation funding